If you’re looking for a therapist in Pittsburgh, PA, there are a few things to consider. For example, would you rather attend individually or go to a group therapy session with multiple people? With plenty of professionals in the mental health field available in the city, you can find the help you need in a counseling and wellness center, individual practice, or through an online platform like BetterHelp.

If you’re interested in a person centered holistic approach to individual therapy, consider an online platform like BetterHelp. BetterHelp therapists have experience working with a variety of clients and can help with a range of mental health challenges, like depression, anxiety, mood disorders, or family conflict. If you’re on a mission to improve your mental health, talk to a Pittsburgh-based therapist to take the first step.


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Rodney Carson

Offering therapy in PA
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
10 years of experience

Hi, my name is Rodney W. Carson and I am a Licence Clinical Social Worker. I have work in the field of counseling and social work for the past 25 years. I am very passionate about helping individuals for I received help when I was struggling in life with drug addiction. I have been in recovery and working a recovery program for the past 25 years. For the last decade, I have worked as a Drug and Alcohol and Mental Health Outpatient Therapist for a local community counseling agency. I am co-inventor of a therapeutic medication game/program that has been utilized at different outpatient facilities, hospitals, nursing schools, and prisons throughout the United States and Canada. I enjoy motivating individuals to help themselves in times when they may be at their lowest point in life. It has been very rewarding to see a person get better and their life improve from the help I offer through counseling. At my place of worship, I am on the path to becoming an ordained deacon and have been teaching the adult Sunday School class for the past nine years. One of my favorite scriptures in the bible which helps motivate me is, Philippians: 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me". I am excited to have this opportunity to be of help to you.

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Arielle Manganiello

Offering therapy in PA
License: MS,MA,LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemCoping with life changes
3 years of experience

I am a licensed professional counselor licensed in the state of Pennsylvania. I have experience with family and couples therapy. I have worked with many different age populations including parents, couples, adolescents, and children, for example. I have worked with clients bringing a wide range of concerns to the table including relational and intimate issues, depression, anxiety, addiction, self-esteem, parenting problems, career change and life transitions, among others. My therapeutic style is warm and interactive and tailored to your needs at the time. I am trained in a variety of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment, Mindfulness, and Eco-systemic structural family therapy. I also draw on Positive Psychology and the Jungian Approach. With my many hats, my plan is to utilize a unique approach, drawing on my experience and expertise, that works and fits best for you. Through our work together, in therapy, I am committed to helping and supporting you to make the changes you want to see in your life. Collaboratively, the essence of our work includes making meaning of your experiences and relationships and the thoughts and feelings that accompany them. My goal is that through our work, struggles and patterns will become illuminated, and by identifying these areas change becomes possible. Together, we can identify the areas that you wish to improve in your life and come up with a plan together on how to address them. Our work together will adapt as your life changes and progress occurs. We are in this therapeutic dance together. It takes a lot of bravery to show up to do the work in therapy. You should be proud of yourself for wanting to take this step. I look forward to working with you in this space.

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Denise Carey

Offering therapy in PA
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepression
19 years of experience

I am a Clinical Social worker licensed in Pennsylvania with almost 20 years of experience providing behavioral health counseling to children, adolescents and adults. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, anger issues, and ADHD. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse, as well as those struggling with addiction. I have over 10 years experience providing crisis assessments to Civilians and Veterans who experience suicidality. My counseling style is warm and compassionate. I believe recovery is possible and look forward to walking that journey with you. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, solution-focused and trauma -informed. You are the leader of our team, and together we will devise a treatment plan to meet your specific needs. It is my honor and privilege to be a part of your recovery and wellness. You deserve to live your life to your full potential! I look forward to working with you!

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Piper McMichen

Offering therapy in PA
License: LCSW
Family conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesSelf esteemCoping with life changes
8 years of experience

Thank you for taking a moment to read my profile. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 9 years of counseling experience working in schools, non profits, private practice and hospitals. I have been formally trained in a variety of therapy methods in order to meet each person's individual needs. I have a passion and dedication to working with individuals with concerns including family and parenting issues, attachment issues, trauma, relationship issues, depression and anxiety. I also have experience working with individuals in crisis needing short term, solution focused treatment. My counseling style is warm and welcoming. I believe in treating people with respect, understanding and creating a non-judgmental space. I believe in starting where you are and supporting you in the way the want and need to achieve your goals and become your best self. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, trauma focused, attachment based and solution focused counseling. I will tailor our time together to meet your specific needs and goals. Thank you for your courage in taking the first steps toward a fuller and happier life. Please let me know how I may be able to help.

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April Faust

Offering therapy in PA
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsLGBTBipolar disorderDepression
12 years of experience

Hi! Thank you for taking the time to read my profile. My name is April Faust. I am a clinical social worker licensed in the state of PA. I have been working in the mental health field for 13 years and enjoy working with a wide variety of people. I received my DBT certification in 2013 and and I feel that this has been helpful in guiding my therapy techniques. I believe that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and compassion and I truly enjoy my job of helping people be the best they can be. Taking the first step to start therapy can be very scary and challenging and I hope to be able to help you meet your goals. I believe in a dialectical approach trying to find a balance of acceptance and change by focusing on radical acceptance skills, awareness, and behavior change. I look forward to working with you !

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Alyssa Sullinger

Offering therapy in PA
License: LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemCoaching
6 years of experience

I am licensed in Pennsylvania with 7+ years of professional counseling experience. I believe in helping people overcome societal norms and coaching them through living a life that satisfies their authenticity. I believe that no dream is out of reach. All it takes is a shift in mindset and belief, strategy, support, and grace. Together, we put it all out on the table and make a plan that feels good and achievable. Therapy can be a place for laughter, and a place of hard work and tough love -- growth and healing come from both ends of the spectrum. I specialize in helping exhausted and disconnected high achievers break the cycle of burnout and anxiety so they can focus on what matters most to them. At the beginning of our work together, I will help you identify what is and what is not working in your life, cast the vision for the ideal future you want to live and walk alongside you as you transform into the version of yourself that is already inside of you, patiently waiting to come out and THRIVE!

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Jillian Toby

Offering therapy in PA
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefSelf esteemDepression
6 years of experience

I am licensed in Pennsylvania with 5 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, coping with grief and loss, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Cameron Manahan

Offering therapy in PA
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefSelf esteemCoping with life changes
20 years of experience

I am licensed in Pennsylvania with 20 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, coping with grief and loss, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Alexandra Sweeney

Offering therapy in PA
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseEating disordersAnger managementDepression
5 years of experience

I am licensed in Pennsylvania with 5 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, & anger management. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Dr. Daniel Cifarelli

Offering therapy in PA
Stress, AnxietyLGBTTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
3 years of experience

Dr. Cifarelli was originally trained in medicine and seeing the effects of COVID-19 on the nation’s mental health he then went on to complete Master’s degrees in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling. Throughout his life Dr. Cifarelli has been around many people faced with traumas and personal handicaps which has increased his desire to help those with medical and mental struggles. He specializes in treating those with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, personality and mood disorders. He treats adolescence, adults, and seniors. Additionally, he offers specialized treatment to members of the LGBTQ and medically disabled communities. Dr. Cifarelli practices dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and mindfulness. He currently, is licensed as a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a national certified counselor (NCC). On a personal note Dr. Cifarelli enjoys spending time with his niece Olivia, his Cavachon “Rocky” and going to live concerts. He stresses to his patients the importance of balance between work, family, and friendships.

How to find counseling in Pittsburgh

Finding the best therapist close by in Pittsburgh can feel challenging, but know that once you narrow your search for a counselor serving your area, you can find a therapist in your city that is accepting new clients and fits your goals. Whether you're struggling with depression, anxiety, marriage, family issues, or other emotional challenges, feel proud that you have begun your search to find the mental health care services that work best for you in order to begin your personal journey towards emotional healing.

Understanding the type of therapy you'd like to search for is crucial before finding a therapist or psychologist in Pittsburgh. Perhaps you're interested in narrowing your search for a psychotherapist that can offer psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), talk therapy, provide group therapy, marriage and family therapy for individuals or couples, or couples therapy. Each type of therapy can offer various benefits and address or treat different disorders. If you're still unsure or are new to counseling in Pittsburgh, feel free to contact the provider via email to find out which methods they practice.

It is also important to understand that mental health professionals in the United States are accredited to provide care, helping individuals and couples, with a variety of licenses. These include licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), and clinical psychologist or doctor of psychology (PsyD). Regardless of their licensure, they are trained to treat individuals and couples counseling, and sometimes children, in any type of therapy. Find a therapist under any of these distinctions and know that the sessions they offer can provide a safe place to heal.

Mental health professionals working through their own in- person therapy practice in Pittsburgh or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships, communication skills, working through life transitions, managing a mood disorder, improving coping skills, or change in negative thinking patterns. They may also provide a safe place and validation for clients experiencing emotional pain. Verified providers can provide licensed marriage and couples therapy, tailor to individual needs, and create a therapeutic relationship as a National Certified Counselor.

There are all kinds of therapists working with clients today across the United States and in the greater Pittsburgh area in different types of therapy, including:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

When you're ready to start your search and find therapists, have in mind what type of therapy you'd like your provider to be most experienced with and choose an experienced provider with a practice located near you in the city of Pittsburgh, elsewhere in Allegheny, or in the greater state of Pennsylvania.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Some other commonly asked questions on therapy with a licensed counselor and BetterHelp serving the Pittsburgh area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Pittsburgh therapist?

The average price of an in-person therapy session in the US is $100 to $200 per hour. These prices may be higher in Pittsburgh due to a higher cost of living. The price also depends on the type of provider you are looking for. See the following average prices for various mental health providers without insurance:

  • Counseling with a psychiatrist: $150-$500
  • Counseling with therapists: $100-300
  • Therapy with a psychologist: $100

While many psychologists in Pittsburgh may not take health insurance, some in the state of Pennsylvania may work on a sliding scale, meaning they'll factor in your income and charge what you can afford per session. With BetterHelp or clinicians throughout the state of Pennsylvania you can expect significantly more affordable options, with sessions ranging from $65 to $100 per week (billed every four weeks).

How is a licensed therapist on this online therapy platform verified?

Therapists in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania working on BetterHelp are licensed, trained, experienced, and accredited as a doctor of psychology (PhD / PsyD), licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW / LICSW), or licensed professional counselors (LPC). All of these psychology clinicians have a Masters Degree or a Doctorate Degree in their field of psychology sciences, and follow the APA Code of Ethics. They have been qualified and certified by their state's professional board after successfully completing the necessary education, exams, training and practice with a patient, and extensive experience in a healthcare clinic or treatment centers, in order to become a mental health provider. While their lived experience, expertise, careers, and background vary, they all possess at least 3 years and 1,000 hours of hands-on experience with adult and sometimes teen patients, and have the necessary therapist credentials to provide a safe space for long lasting emotional healing in therapy. 

Please note BetterHelp does not offer or provide care from psychiatrists to prescribe a drug as treatment, or perform psychological assessments.

How does working with a counselor in BetterHelp online therapy sessions work?

BetterHelp clinicians treat clients online across the United States (individuals and couples) through life transitions, inner child exploration, long term depression or anxiety, and more. An online mental health professional, including the therapists in Pittsburgh above, can work with young adults, children, adolescents, and adults virtually as an accredited licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) or licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). You do not have to commute to a an office as a psychotherapy client.

Through BetterHelp therapy, you can partake in video, phone, or live chat therapy sessions with your licensed therapist. You can work through various symptoms, use the in app journaling feature, and receive worksheets. You'll also find support groups or group therapy lead by a therapist in Pittsburgh helping individuals on topics including managing life transitions, symptoms affecting sexual health, behavioral health, coping skills for anxiety or depression, trauma, stress, marriage counseling, and more. 

What mental health issues can psychotherapy address?

BetterHelp's verified Pittsburgh therapists specialize and have clinical experience in a wide range of mental health issues and modalities, helping clients to feel better and improve their lives every day. See below for examples.

Specialties on BetterHelp include:

You may also be struggling with relationship problems that could be addressed in couples therapy or with a sex therapist. In that case, you may choose to work with one of BetterHelp's experienced cognitive-behavioral therapists or licensed marriage family therapists (LMFT) who work with clients in relationships. You can also try a Pittsburgh therapy provider through BetterHelp's sister platform, ReGain, which is dedicated to couples and spouses worldwide. 

How do I know if online counseling is right for my family?

One of the potentially rewarding aspects of working with a therapist is the validation and active listening they can provide. Your friends and loved ones may also be available to listen, but you may feel that they may lack the skills to provide objective guidance. Counselors are trained to respond to various concerns, symptoms, and mental health conditions.

A psychologist in your city can support you toward a healthier emotional state, regardless of your mental health, life concerns, or healing needs. While supporting individuals in developing healthier habits, another good benefit of therapy is having an understanding, safe space with a non-judgmental party who can support you through challenging experiences.

Many people have sensitive topics that they may feel ashamed to discuss with their friends or partner. A Pittsburgh therapist can help you confront these concerns and open up through unique methods of support. There are also many types of therapy, such as art therapy, where you may find you can express yourself through creativity instead of words.

With a lot of people in PA, providers may be booked out with clients. Through the list of profiles above and others within BetterHelp's team, you may be able to find a psychologist within 24 to 48 hours. If you're searching to find a a nearby psychotherapist close to 15253 or the surrounding zip codes, consider others available through the BetterHelp site. No matter if you are seeking help in your area or beyond, online therapy can be a great option.

How should I prepare for my first therapy session with a Pittsburgh counselor?

Before seeing your therapist, prep for your session by reading to understand the therapy process. You might write a list of questions you want to ask your psychotherapist, any emotional pain you may feel, and the ways in which you hope to improve. When you attend your session, let them know if you have any concerns about therapy or feel unsure about what to talk about. They may help guide you with open-ended therapeutic questions. The first session will often serve as an intake to get to know you as a person and learn why you're attending therapy.

Should I find a therapist or psychologist if I feel fine? 

Some simply don't feel the need to see a psychologist. However, some people may avoid attending therapy due to stigma or preconceived notions of what therapy entails. Although psychologists often support people with mental health conditions, you do not need a diagnosis or condition to attend therapy. You can discuss grief, relationship concerns, stress, or life changes and ask for general feedback and advice. A Pittsburgh licensed clinical social worker may help you gain power over your life and emotions while you navigate day-to-day experiences.

Gaining a new perspective on yourself through various therapies might allow you to improve your self-esteem, work through relationships, and gain a better sense of your mental health goals. The success you may find through therapy can be dependent on your process.

People may also attend therapy for specific motives, such as bullying, an autism diagnosis, a desire to learn mindfulness meditation, personality concerns, trouble with office workers, specific phobias, and many other principles.

Is mental health care and therapy worth it? 

Therapy is effective and has the power to change individuals' lives. Each client is at a different stage of their emotional healing journey in life, as each human can be unique in their personality, expression, skills, and goals. A psychologist can target various symptoms, experiences, and personalities to help you feel your best and put you on the path to healing. Unlike advice from a friend, family, or non-professional, a mental health professional has an understanding of various disorders like ADHD and depression with many hours of experience in treating adults in their practice. For this reason, seeing an evidence based psychologist in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania can be worth it. Over 41 million adults in the US attend therapy services each year, showing it's a popular option and is proven to be effective.

Pittsburgh has many clinicians who practice person or client-centered individual therapy in-person and through online therapy to assist clients in their healing journey. If you opt into online therapy, you might also be able to meet with providers all over the United States and change therapists easily at any time. Many people struggling with anxiety and depression, substance abuse, body image issues, and more find therapists that are a good fit for them, feel supported, and gain further insight into their lives through internet-based therapy.

Do therapists judge you in therapy sessions?

The boundaries between you and a therapist are in place to help you and them regarding ethical concerns. Mental health professionals are held by ethical standards through the American Psychological Association (APA) and are not allowed to judge or harm their clients. If you are concerned about sharing details about yourself, feel free to withhold personal information. Their job in the therapeutic relationship is to create a safe place, help you gain a deeper understanding of your mental health, and support you. You might consider changing counselors if you don't feel safe or respected.

Stay up to date with the leading online counseling platform

To stay up to date with BetterHelp's initiatives through their social channels, you can follow them on PinterestLinkedInInstagramTwitter, and Facebook. For mental health tips, check out the BetterHelp YouTube channel.

Take some time today to learn more about the team of therapists at BetterHelp to understand the services available to you clearly. If you are new to therapy or have any questions about the services and terms, please reach out through the contact page or send an email to contact@betterhelp.com.

If you’re ready to sign up for online therapy, consider signing up with a platform like BetterHelp and get matched within 24 to 48 hours.

If you are experiencing a crisis or emergency, don't use this site's online services. If you are in life-threatening danger, call 911. If you require support for a crisis, reach out to the hotlines below:

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15120, 15201, 15203, 15204, 15205, 15206, 15207, 15208, 15210, 15211, 15212, 15213, 15214, 15216, 15217, 15218, 15219, 15220, 15221, 15222, 15224, 15226, 15230, 15231, 15232, 15233, 15234, 15240, 15242, 15244, 15250, 15251, 15252, 15253, 15254, 15255, 15257, 15258, 15259, 15260, 15261, 15262, 15264, 15265, 15267, 15268, 15270, 15272, 15274, 15275, 15276, 15277, 15278, 15279, 15281, 15282, 15283, 15286, 15289, 15290, 15295

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